Watering plants and vegetation seems like such a no-brainer that many people often unwittingly put that assumption to the test. Purposeful yet oblivious watering of your plants can potentially be every bit as destructive as winging it without a care in the world. If you find you are having trouble appropriating that green thumb that everybody else seems to have achieved with minimal effort or if you are just starting out on your route to toward earning your Greenjeans, then here is some simple yet effective advice that can save you trouble, heartache and not a little bit of water in the bargain.
Arrange Groups of Plants by Water Requirements
A real no-brainer, right? If your garden or landscape is arranged by shape, texture or color, it may look pretty good for a while, but eventually you will be drowning those plants that don’t require as much water that happen to be situated next to plants that can become as thirsty as a man whose car broke down in the desert immediately after downing an entire bag of crackers. And I’m not talking about the low-sodium variety. Group thirsty plants together and provide ample space between them and your group of plants that have a hardier equivalent of the human bladder.
Dry Lawn Spiking
When it comes to watering a lawn that has been allowed to go bone dry, spiking is the rule. I’m not talking about spiking the football after a game of tag touch. Get your hands on a durable garden forks with thick spikes and drive them into the soil to create little pockets. These pockets will serve as a series of channels located just beneath the surface of the lawn that facilitates more efficient watering. The water should more effectively penetrate the soil whereas a dry lawn not spiked in this fashion will likely result in water simply draining off the surface. And that won’t do anything at all in the race toward regaining your thick, lush green, green grass of your home.
Avoid the Scorched Earth Policy
Choosing to water your plants during the hottest part of the day when the rays of the sun are beaming the full extent of their energy may seem like no-brainer itself, but it is just the opposite. The brain suggests that watering the plants during the hours between noon and 3:00 PM will serve to offer them some release from the blistering effects of the solar radiation. The opposite may actually occur. Not only might you actually increase the potential for scorching to occur on petals and leaves, but there is also the chance that by introducing an unnatural state of elevated humidity, you could create an environment that encourages some fungal diseases to develop.
Avoid Direct Streams
Yeah, sure, it seems to make perfect sense to aim a strong stream of water directly at the base of a plant if you want to get the most efficient saturation possible. Counterintuitive as it may be, the stronger the stream, the more inefficient your aim may be. A direct torrent of water, depending on how robust the water and how fragile the plant, can ultimately have the unwanted effect of dislocating soil located at the root system. This loss of soil can become an obstruction to the efficiency seepage of water deeper down into the soil where it can do the most good.